March 9, 2013

Lebanon Contemporary Art at Art Dubai 2013

Six Lebanese galleries have been selected for the Art Dubai 2013, the region famous contemporary art fair. These art galleries from Libanon want to reflect the prominence of the Lebanese contemporary art scene.

Lebanon has one of the region’s most diverse and robust art scenes, and the selection of six galleries from Lebanon is testament to  its  strength and  depth.  The  galleries are:  Agial Art Gallery, Ayyam Art Gallery, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, Sfeir-Semler Gallery and Galerie Tanit.

“Lebanon has been known as a meeting point in the region,” said Andree Sfeir-Semler from the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut. “It has continued to live up to this reputation with already established  institutions such as Ashkal Alwan and the Beirut Art Center. Many Lebanese artists such as Walid RaadAkram Zaatari, and  Marwan Rechmaoui are challenging different social, political, and aesthetic concepts of the Arab world.”

Walid Raad
Preface to the Seventh Edition_42012
Archival Inkjet print, 73.6 x 110.5 cm
Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut and Hamburg

Also exhibited by the Sfeir-Semler Gallery are artworks by Khalil RabahElger Esser and Gabriel Kuri

Khalil Rabah
Tattoo, 2012
Cotton material, 120 x 120 cm, framed
Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut and Hamburg

Elger Esser
El Kab I, 2011
C-print, 142 x 184 x 5 cm
Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut and Hamburg

“Being selected to be part of Art Dubai establishes our position as a leading gallery not only in Lebanon but on  a  regional level  as well.  Having participated  in  Art Dubai last year,  we understand the value and kudos that comes with participating in  this  leading  art fair, both in terms of connecting galleries and  artists  with  buyers and collectors and the exposure we received from around the region and beyond. Our work was so popular that we sold out on the first day!” said Lea Sednaoui, from The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space. Among other the gallery presents Emeric Lhuisset work.

Emeric Lhuisset
Theater of War, photographs with a group of Iranian-Kurdish guerilla fighters, 2012
 Lambda print, 150 x 122cm
Courtesy of The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space

Art Dubai has grown from strength to strength over the course of the last six years and now truly epitomises  the globalised phenomenon that is today's art world.  “Few art fairs have grown as vigorously as Art Dubai has done. With its participants, galleries and  internationally-acclaimed curators, it has quickly established itself as a leading art exhibition on the global arena. It is for this reason that the selection to participate in the 2013 edition of the fair is such an important one for us,” added Lea Sednaoui.

In addition to the strong participation of Lebanese galleries at Art Dubai, Lebanese artists are highly represented at the fair both across the galleries for example Chantal Crousel gallery from Paris presents Mona Atoum work and throughout the extensive non-commercial programme. Beirut-based Rayanne Tabet and Vartan Avakian are both winners of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013, and will be revealing major new works at  Art Dubai 2013. 

Courtesy of the artist and Abraaj Group Art Prize

Courtesy of the artist and Abraaj Group Art Prize

Another Beirut-based artist is Joe Namy (b. 1978), who is participating in A.i.R Dubai 2013, an annual artists’ and curators’ residency programme based in Dubai and organised in partnership with Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Tashkeel. Joe Namy is also participating in Art Dubai Projects, a programme of new works commissioned especially for the fair. A multimedia installation by Joe Namy, entitled Transfiguration, will be presented at Art Dubai 2013.

Joe Namy

GPOY, 2012
Courtesy of the artist

Furthermore, the involvement of prominent Lebanese artist Tarek Atoui in the Global Art Forum is another example of the increased participation of artists, collectors and enthusiasts from Lebanon. Tarek Atoui is one of the 40 contributors at the Global Art Forum 2013.

Global Art Forum_6 at Art Dubai 2012
Courtesy Art Dubai
”We are thrilled with the participating galleries who together will create the most diverse and unique fair yet. Art Dubai 2013  is set to provide an essential meeting point where artists, curators and creative practitioners of the world engage in cultural exchange,” said Fair Manager Antonia Carver

As the leading international fair in the Middle East and South Asia, Art Dubai is committed to creating a platform whereby the world’s art galleries come together and engage with the booming regional art scene. Such has been its continued success that Art Dubai is expecting in excess of 22,000 visitors to the fair in March 2013.

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